Once the Yes answer is given after the important question has been asked, it all begins. The bride will start with a semi scrapbook. Maybe she already has one, one she started as a little girl. Maybe she will only start one now. But from that day forward all she thinks is Wedding. They both decide on a wedding Venue, then comes the theme. That includes the colour that goes with the theme, the flowers, the place-mats, the gifts and everything else from there on out. Half way through all the decisions they come to realise that they haven’t decided on a photographer and what about a videographer. This is where most of the couples fall short. They have forked out so much money already for all the other things that they need, they have to cut back on the photography.
There are many photographers all over the country. It’s an industry that has just blown out of proportion. Every person that can afford a camera has bought one with some lenses they hardly know what to do with and they have become a photographer. I do admit there are some amateur photographers that really have the gift to create some amazing shots but then you get some that are really giving photography a bad name. The two most important skills a photographer needs is creativity, ‘ to make a shot his own’, and business skills. Especially a wedding photographer. Business skills is a very important aspect of a lucrative business.
Most couples decide on a wedding photographer according to their price, because at this stage of the wedding planning, the cash flow are running low. Now not all low-priced photographers are bad but you do get them and it is of utmost importance that the wedding couple take time to look at the photographers portfolio. Each photographer has his/her own style and that style needs to fit into your theme planned for your day. A photographer can’t be chosen for its price but has to chosen for it’s style. As a bride you do not check the internet for a wedding planner and find one that is 50% less than the rest and just say, yes lets do that, without speaking to them and checking if they can accommodate your theme, the one that you have decided on.
At the beginning of planning a wedding, while you are writing everything down you need to realise that it will only be one day and then it is all over. The only thing that you will have after that day to remember the day by is your photo’s and your video. That is where you can make or break your day. When you decide on a low-priced photographer, without a good look at the portfolio, speaking to the photographer about the ideas you have and to hear what ideas the photographer has, you are making a big mistake. Once again your photo’s will be the only thing left after the day is over.
I am not saying that you should go out and choose the most expensive wedding photographer but you need to look at what they have done, speak to them and if you can get some refferals from the photographer. Word of mouth has always been the best way to go. The photographer has to be good at the creativity of the photo’s but should also be reliable. No need to go through the process of choosing the right photographer, having a great day with loads of photo’s and then the photographer messes up the memory cards or doesn’t back up the wedding and looses all the photo’s off his/her computer. Even that they can work in an editing program. This detail is not something that the photographer will tell you but it is something that somebody else will tell you.
To get back to the beginning. Photography and Videography is one of the most important aspects of ones day. Without both of them or even just one of them the day will eventually just become a blur with no other material to bring the memories back. Be wise while planning your day and if you are a photographer and you are reading this article be sure of what you are doing. This day is so important to the couple. There are a lot of things that can go wrong on a day like that, don’t be one of the reasons of something going wrong.